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Willard Ray Custer

Willard Ray Custer

From the Popular Science website (

"Salute to the Tinkerer"

Short-field takeoff and landing was the objective a quarter-century ago. The innovative solution, developed by Willard Custer of Hagerstown, Maryland, was the channel wing, the technique of placing a pusher prop in a semiducted flying surface. The vacuum produced by this configuration literally sucked air over the wings and plucked the craft off the field. Stall speed was also reduced. But the aircraft failed to find a market.
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